bounty at risk from unsustainable practices
Have your say on the
proposed Fisheries Act amendment
sustainability thresholds in fisheries management have been
described as risky by non-commercial representatives, because of
the potential to increase commercial fishing at the expense of healthy
fisheries and the public’s access to food.
April option4, the Hokianga Accord and NZ Big Game Fishing Council
have spent considerable resources responding to the Fisheries
Act 1996 Amendment Bill (No.2) developed by the Ministry of
Fisheries, in collusion with the fishing industry.
Arguments put forward by MFish and industry were analysed
and rebutted by the joint team prior to attending the Select
Committee hearing in early August.
After careful consideration,
alternative solutions were put to the Primary Production Select
Committee in two
answers have been rejected in favour of making it lawful for the
Minister to set the highest possible commercial catch levels, irrespective
of the quality of information.
This is contrary to
current requirements to have sufficient numbers and quality of fish
in the water to enable people to provide for their social
and cultural wellbeing.
Parliament is due
to read the proposed amendment to section 13 of the Fisheries Act
next week. If passed, it will legalise what the courts identified
earlier in the year as unlawful
practice by the Minister and MFish.
about the amendment and the exclusion of non-commercial fishing
representatives from its development process have also been raised.
Answers are available in this easy-to-read Section
13 Questions and Answers guide.
more than a year ago the High Court confirmed sustainability has
to be the bottom line in fisheries management.